I am planning to visit South Korea (Seoul) a few times this year (so I can learn the language). Each stay can vary from 1 to 2 weeks.

Despite the break however I'd like to be able to work out while I am there.

Does anyone know if commonly in SK you can buy short gym membership or just pay as you go?

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    Note that some hotels have gyms too
    – xuq01
    Mar 21 at 16:43
  • @xuq01 but I want to find a good combination to save money. Being aware of alternatives is therefore useful Mar 22 at 1:18

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A friend of mine used to go to the YMCA, on Jongno I believe, which had a gym where you paid as you went. There a YWCA too, in Myeongdong.


There are lots of gyms in Seoul, but the tricky part for someone still learning the language is finding one with English-speaking staff. I was able to find a gym that offers memberships on a monthly basis and has English-speaking staff, but I didn't ask if they allow pay-as-you-go options.

  • You could consider staying near a university. You're more likely to find gym staff who can speak English in these areas. You'll also find students who are very willing to help you improve your Korean language skills in exchange for helping them with their English. It's a nice addition to your formal language lessons.
    – StackNance
    Apr 18 at 6:43

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